As our patron Bill Nighy says: “Theatre does something nothing else can. It allows children to find things out about themselves and each other and the world in a singular fashion. It involves language and ideas as well as physical expression and an opportunity to investigate behaviour and manners, which can uniquely illuminate subjects such as history and politics. It is unbeatable in providing a framework for children to gain confidence and plays its part in the democratising process essential to a sane and balanced life. It does these things better than anything I’ve come across.”
Research published by Labour shows that, between 2010/11 and 2015/16, the total local authority expenditure on culture and heritage fell by £165 million, a figure the party claims is a "direct result" of cuts made by central government to local government.
In recent years, new theatres have opened all over London – leading some voices to claim that “sheer theatrical vanity and ego” have driven young directors and producers to “find a room and appoint yourself artistic director” over working in existing venues.
London’s Royal Court Theatre has been blasted as “elitist” after it attempted to auction off work experience for more than £2,000 as part of a fundraising gala.
Almost three-quarters of people in the arts worked for free before finding paid employment, new survey figures suggest.
Of these, 59% volunteered for at least six months on a full-time or part-time basis, including 12% who worked unpaid for over three years.
The president of Polydor Records says British record labels are struggling to establish new artists because of the way streaming services promote music.
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Santa Ana prides itself in the past as a city of arts, and for more than a year, it's been envisioning what that identity will look like in the future. The Santa Ana city council tasked the Cultural Planning Group, a consulting firm, in May 2015 to develop an Arts and Culture Master Plan.